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Certificate of Advanced Study in Planning and Policy Analysis

The Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS) in Planning and Policy Analysis is a post master’s credential that allows graduate students on the University at Albany campus to deepen their technical work with applied policy analytic and planning courses. In many ways, the CAS is like a doctoral degree in that it requires advanced specialized coursework, except without the specific research and dissertation requirements.  The program provides students with the opportunity to achieve greater technical skill and depth in a field
associated with their master’s study.   

The CAS is broadly structured and allows participants to choose from a set of pre-arranged concentrations or design their own specialized focus.  The concentration areas are:

  • Information Strategy and Management
  • System Dynamics
  • Criminal Justice Information Technology
  • Self-designed Concentration

Program Requirements 

The CAS requires 48 graduate credits beyond the bachelor’s degree, the same number of credits required for most master’s degrees in the Rockefeller College.  Many students can complete the CAS with as few as one or two additional courses beyond their master’s program.  The 48 required credits consist of:

  • 15 substantive discipline-based courses that may have been awarded in another graduate program;
  • 6 credits of supporting courses that review basic research methods and statistical techniques in each of the participating programs; 
  • A common core of nine credits which covers the core areas of multivariate statistics, computer programming and applications, and basics of computer-based modeling; 
  • 18 credits of advanced technical skill and internship courses, which may be structured around one of the concentrations listed above.

How to Apply

Applications to the Certificate program are accepted for fall and spring admission.  Only graduating or former graduate students at the University at Albany are eligible to apply.

An application form and fee are required for admission.  Other application materials may be taken from the applicant’s current student file in their original department of study.